Monthly update from Queen's Park
I hope you’ve had a restful and relaxing summer with friends and family and are looking forward to an exciting fall. August was a busy month both at Queen’s Park and at my constituency office. It’s been wonderful to be able to spend more time in our riding meeting with constituents, visiting local businesses and organizations, and attending some of the incredible events our community has to offer!
One of my summer highlights was my first annual community BBQ at Mitchell Field Park. We had over 1,000 Willowdalers stop by for a hamburger and to chat about our neighbourhood. Thanks to everyone who came out and a special thank you to all our volunteers who helped make the day a success.
Speaking of BBQs, I also had a chance to attend the Hanca Seniors Association Annual Summer BBQ and Festival where I met so many of our community’s Korean seniors. It’s incredible to live in a community that cares so much about our seniors and I enjoyed celebrating them and all their contributions not only in Willowdale but our province.
This summer also gave me an opportunity to explore some of the amazing arts and cultural attractions in our City. I had the opportunity to meet with Chris, the president of Hot Docs who showed me around their cinema on Bloor Street. Hot Docs brings the world to Toronto through documentary films- and helps Ontario filmmakers reach the world! I look forward on working with them on some exciting projects in the near future – more to come!
Always a highlight for my summer, I had a wonderful time again this year at the Korean Harvest Festival hosted by the Korean Canadian Business Association at Mel Lastman Square. As a proud Korean-Canadian, I’m always so excited to celebrate with my community and share my culture and heritage with my friends and neighbors in Willowdale.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some exciting announcements our government made this past month.
Our government announced the launch of a new program that will fund out-of-country dialysis services. We listened to Willowdalers, and all Ontarians on dialysis about the need to preserve and protect their ability to safely travel and work abroad. Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, ensured that all Ontarians living with kidney failure will continue to have access to the care they need when traveling outside of Canada. This new program will start on January 1, 2020 and be operated by the Ontario Renal Network with funding from our government. All patients will receive the same reimbursement rates as currently provided through existing programs. For more information click below.
Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, Jeff Yurek, announced a way to improve recycling across the province and address the serious problem of plastic pollution and litter, as committed to in our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. Minister Yurek released the next steps for renewing the Blue Box Program and transitioning the costs away from municipal taxpayers to make the producers of products and packaging responsible for the cost of recycling starting in 2023. More information can be found here.
Finally, I joined Minister of Finance Rod Phillips to announce the first-quarter finances for Ontario. Deficit projections remain unchanged from our 2019 budget at $10.3B and we are on track to return the province to a balanced budget in 2023-24. Our government will continue with our plan to get Ontario’s finances back on track in order to protect the vital services Willowdaler’s rely on! Click the link for more information https://www.stanchompp.ca/toward_sustainable_transparent_finances
Happy September again and I look forward to catching up in person this fall!
Member of Provincial Parliament for Willowdale